Nina Busing Kindergarten - 29/03/2017

1 Evaluation of Nina Busing Kindergarten

How well placed is Nina Busing Kindergarten to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

ERO's findings that support this overall judgement are summarised below.


Nina Busing Kindergarten operates in Papakura under the umbrella of the Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association (CMKA). It is licensed for 40 children from two years to school age and offers daily six hour sessions. The kindergarten serves the multicultural children and whānau from the surrounding suburbs. All children are able to attend for 20 free hours a week.

Nina Busing Kindergarten is a well-established centre with a stable staff providing a high quality learning environment for children and families. Parents are positive about the education and care their children receive. Teachers place an emphasis on establishing strong reciprocal relationships with families, underpinned by manaakitanga.

Teachers have responded positively to ERO's 2013 report. They have undertaken internal evaluation to assist with ongoing improvement to the programme. Teachers have developed the use of e-portfolios and place a stronger focus on bicultural practice.

A significant feature of the centre is participation in the Enviroschools programme encompassing Māori perspectives, sustainable practices and sharing new learning with families.

CMKA provides frameworks of policies, procedures and administrative documentation for use in kindergartens. Professional personnel are available to teachers and visit centres for ongoing guidance and support. This includes property maintenance and development, and financial advice and support. The Association provides in-house professional learning and development opportunities (PLD) for teachers, and encourages them to select additional PLD to support goals identified as part of their appraisals.

This review was part of a cluster of three kindergarten reviews in the Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association. 

The Review Findings

Children, parents and whānau are warmly welcomed into the kindergarten. Children settle quickly and have a strong sense of belonging and wellbeing. Teachers know their families well. They include and respond to children's diverse cultures and learning needs. Positive and caring relationships are valued and evident between children and teachers.

Children are empowered to be confident and capable learners. They are articulate and sustain conversations with each other and teachers. Children have input into programmes and contribute to centre decisions through regular hui.

Teachers provide a learning environment that includes a variety of spaces for imaginative play. High quality learning resources are thoughtfully planned to represent and support the significant cultures of the centre.

Children explore, investigate and make independent choices from the wide range of resources. They benefit from an inclusive learning environment underpinned by the centre's 'Code of Care' philosophy. Te reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language are used authentically throughout the centre.

Teachers are highly responsive and respectful. They value parents' aspirations for their children and include these in the programme. Teachers integrate literacy, numeracy and science naturally within play and offer children many opportunities to broaden their knowledge. They are skilled at listening, identifying children's dispositions for learning and challenging children to extend their understandings.

Teachers are committed to incorporating biculturalism in the programme and acknowledge the unique place of Māori. They are continuing to grow their understanding and ability to implement a bicultural programme through the use of te reo and tikanga Māori. Traditional Māori values and practices are evident within the centre's environmental sustainability focus.

Teachers have established good processes around children's transitions into and out of the centre including developing positive relationships with local schools.

CMKA has a clear vision statement and strategic planning that guides teachers' development of annual plans and philosophy statements to lead the day-to-day management of the kindergarten.

Key Next Steps

ERO, the kindergarten manager and teachers have identified key next steps for ongoing development, including continuing to:

  • strengthen authentic bicultural practices across all areas of the kindergarten

  • further develop the Enviroschools kaupapa

  • develop partnerships with families/whānau as a way of supporting children's wellbeing and learning

  • evaluate the kindergarten's philosophy. 

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Nina Busing Kindergarten completed an ERO Centre Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklist. In these documents they attested that they have taken all reasonable steps to meet their legal obligations related to:

  • curriculum
  • premises and facilities
  • health and safety practices
  • governance, management and administration.

During the review, ERO looked at the service’s systems for managing the following areas that have a potentially high impact on children's wellbeing:

  • emotional safety (including positive guidance and child protection)

  • physical safety (including supervision; sleep procedures; accidents; medication; hygiene; excursion policies and procedures)

  • suitable staffing (including qualification levels; police vetting; teacher registration; ratios)

  • evacuation procedures and practices for fire and earthquake.

All early childhood services are required to promote children's health and safety and to regularly review their compliance with legal requirements.

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of Nina Busing Kindergarten will be in four years.

Graham Randell

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

29 March 2017 

The Purpose of ERO Reports

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the government department that, as part of its work, reviews early childhood services throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. ERO’s reports provide information for parents and communities about each service’s strengths and next steps for development. ERO’s bicultural evaluation framework Ngā Pou Here is described in SECTION 3 of this report. Early childhood services are partners in the review process and are expected to make use of the review findings to enhance children's wellbeing and learning. 

2 Information about the Early Childhood Service 


Papakura, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

Free Kindergarten

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

40 children, over 2 years of age

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 22 Girls 20

Ethnic composition





Sri Lankan








Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates


Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2


Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

February 2017

Date of this report

29 March 2017

Most recent ERO report(s)


Education Review

September 2013

Education Review

April 2010

Education Review

April 2007

3 General Information about Early Childhood Reviews

ERO’s Evaluation Framework

ERO’s overarching question for an early childhood education review is ‘How well placed is this service to promote positive learning outcomes for children?’ ERO focuses on the following factors as described in the bicultural framework Ngā Pou Here:

Pou Whakahaere – how the service determines its vision, philosophy and direction to ensure positive outcomes for children

Pou Ārahi – how leadership is enacted to enhance positive outcomes for children

Mātauranga – whose knowledge is valued and how the curriculum is designed to achieve positive outcomes for children

Tikanga whakaako – how approaches to teaching and learning respond to diversity and support positive outcomes for children.

Within these areas ERO considers the effectiveness of arotake – self review and of whanaungatanga – partnerships with parents and whānau.

ERO evaluates how well placed a service is to sustain good practice and make ongoing improvements for the benefit of all children at the service.

A focus for the government is that all children, especially priority learners, have an opportunity to benefit from quality early childhood education. ERO will report on how well each service promotes positive outcomes for all children, with a focus on children who are Māori, Pacific, have diverse needs, and are up to the age of two.

For more information about the framework and Ngā Pou Here refer to ERO’s Approach to Review in Early Childhood Services.

ERO’s Overall Judgement and Next Review

The overall judgement that ERO makes and the timing of the next review will depend on how well placed a service is to promote positive learning outcomes for children. The categories are:

  • Very well placed – The next ERO review in four years
  • Well placed – The next ERO review in three years
  • Requires further development – The next ERO review within two years
  • Not well placed - The next ERO review in consultation with the Ministry of Education

ERO has developed criteria for each category. These are available on ERO’s website.

Review Coverage

ERO reviews are tailored to each service’s context and performance, within the overarching review framework. The aim is to provide information on aspects that are central to positive outcomes for children and useful to the service.